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Post  Soose 6/23/2022, 7:53 am

sanderson wrote:Hopefully you bought the latest Ball Canning book(s) for safe canning. https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t23564-safe-canning-debbie-s-back-porch
Sanderson, on your advice I went to Debbie's Back Porch.  I think she does not recommend the new Ball canning book anymore, and I saw reviews that consistently said it's changed, since some buy out.  Not sure when that was.  I did look for an older version but they go for an arm and a leg.  (If I went to estate sales I might find one.)

Anyway, Debbie's Back Porch pointed me to a book I bought from the cooperative extension at Uni of GA, "So Easy to Preserve." I have no idea how good it is or if the recipes are good.

I will watch for Ball lids.  (Again, just don't know how many to buy.)
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Post  sanderson 6/24/2022, 1:10 am

The title sounds familiar. Okay, bottom row, middle book. I believe Univ. of GA is the testing facility for approved recipes. I also look online at NCHFP for recipes.

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My book is 2013 so it's time to buy an update. I think I will go with this one: https://www.amazon.com/Ball-Blue-Book-Guide-Preserving/dp/0972753745

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Post  OhioGardener 6/27/2022, 9:32 am

Dave's Garden newsletter this week has a couple interesting articles on food preservation that many may find interesting.

Creating a Summer Produce Preservation Plan

Eliminate Fruit and Vegetable Waste and Preserve the Bounty

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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/27/2022, 7:41 pm

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Post  JAM23 6/28/2022, 4:29 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:I have this one…

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I was given this as a gift last Christmas and have earmarked some of the recipes that I would like to try this summer. Have you found any that are really good ones to try Scorpio Rising? I just canned some strawberry jam yesterday and I am excited that they all sealed and set up! I love hearing the sound of the lids popping. So exciting!
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Post  sanderson 6/30/2022, 3:53 am

All of this good discussion on canning is getting buried and will be lost over time. It should be under either of these 2 threads or the other 95 threads on canning. I hope to get some of my replies into the first one. Or maybe a new thread on safe canning books. Hopefully this weekend.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t23564-safe-canning-debbie-s-back-porch?highlight=canning

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t18519-steam-canning?highlight=canning

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Post  AtlantaMarie 7/11/2022, 9:01 am

So Easy to Preserve is one of the books I use when teaching canning.  I also show Ball's Complete Book of Home Preserving.  Both have some great information!  Definitely safe canning books.  There is also a video series for So Easy.  Some can be found here or at least lead you in the right direction:

Dr Elizabeth Andress - Healthy Canning

The Univ of GA is the home of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.  They do all of the testing for USDA.  Unfortunately Dr. Andress retired a couple of years ago.  She spent ALL of her time teaching & testing.  The school slowly but surely took her assistants away & she ended up being basically a single-person department.  It was very frustrating.  I don't know how much testing was done in her final few years as a result.  (And I don't know what they're doing now.  My main contact who did a lot of work with Dr. A has moved out of state & she loaded me up with teaching supplies before she left.)  You can download the USDA books from the NCFHFP website:

National Center for Home Food Preservation | Publications Home (uga.edu)

Ball was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid in 2015, I believe.  (NR also owns Food Saver, btw.)  I've been hearing complaints for a couple of years now that they no longer completely use tested recipes.  For those who are interested only in safe canning practices, this is a major concern.  I would say use any older Ball books (pre-2016) but avoid the newer ones if this is a concern for you. 

I do not own the Bernardin book.  But in some of the FB canning pages I belong to, some folks have expressed concern about safety.  I can't make any judgements or suggestions on this one.  

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Post  sanderson 7/11/2022, 8:59 pm

I finally got all of the important replies on canning over to https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t23564-safe-canning-debbie-s-back-porch.

Further canning information needs to go under the Debbie's Back Porch thread.

Non-canning or non-preservation stocking of supplies can continue on this thread.

Thank you.

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